6 Must Visit Unusual Beaches Around the World
Our world is filled with amazing wonders, from the natural to the man-made. We mortals are often stunted, left in awe and amazed at some of the magnificent and beautiful things that we have in our world.
One of the things that we also love are beaches and going for a beach-side vacation in a paradise-like location is one of things we enjoy doing most of all. Basking in the sun and having fun in the surf of the ocean is all too fun and can be the image of the perfect vacation for some. However, did you know that there are some unique and unusual beaches out there? Here are some of the most unusual beaches in our world for you to visit.
1. Black Sand Beach, Vík, Iceland
The name says it all, this stretch of Icelandic sand is all black. Located at the village of Vík í Mýrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland, about 180 kilometers from Reykjavik. The black sand beach is called Reynishverfi by the locals and is of course famous for the color of its sand and basalt sea stack.
The popularity of the site has only been increasing since it was first picked as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches on Earth back in 1991 by American journal's Islands Magazine. It is not hard to see why though, the site is extremely beautiful. The deep black color of the sands contrast both the sea and the surrounding landscapes. There are tours that you can book such as this one, a full day of hiking the glaciers and waterfalls from Reykjavik. The tour departs from the Black Sands Beach.
2. Glass Beach, California
This one is also extremely interesting, located in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California, the glass beach is the result of years of dumping garbage in an area close by. The beach does attract thousands of visitors every year, though it should be noted that collecting is discouraged on the section of "Glass Beach".
Now if you are wondering why would anyone go see a beach filled with garbage and glass. Well the garbage that was dumped close by, over the years have endured the pounding of waves and have resulted in small, smooth, colored pieces that often become jewelry quality. This is the "glass" that covers the beach and the main attraction here.
3. Bioluminescent Phytoplankton, Maldives
This one is for the romantics out there! This beach in the Maldives actually glows in the dark. Professor of biology James Morin tells the Huffington post here, that the glow is actually caused by an organism called "ostracod crustaceans", and often mistaken for phytoplankton.
Thousands of these organisms light up the beach like beautiful stars in the water at night. The sight does happen periodically in the Maldives, and does really depend on your luck if you get to see it. There are other places that you can hope to catch this magic-like occurrence and you can find out more about it here.
4. Red Beach, Greece
The Red Beach is located in Akrotiri on the island of Santorini, Greece, and is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the area. The beach itself is a very small area, so, it can get crowded very easily. Known for the red color of the sands, the beach is surrounded by red lava cliffs, which drop right to the shore, resulting in the color of the beach.
Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. The area has dramatic views and landscapes, such as the town of Thira, which is filled with white colored architecture. The island also has a black pebble beach and white beach, in addition to its red beach.
5. Pink Beach, Indonesia
Another romantic beach to visit, this one is located in the Komodo Islands in Indonesia. The stretch of soft pink sand is called Pantai Merah locally (which actually translates to Red Beach). The sand here gets its color from microscopic animals that produce red pigment on the coral reefs, called Foraminifera. The tiny fragments of red coral will combine with the white sand resulting in the pink color.
The Komodo Island is well-known as the natural habitat of the Komodo dragon, and the lizard takes its name from the Island.
6. Maho Beach, St. Martin
Located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of St Martin is Maho Beach, and it is famous for being adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport. That's right, this beach is right next to an airport!
Due to its location, it is a popular site for plane spotters and visitors will be able to see the low flying airliners in their flight path just outside the end of the runway. The aircrafts flying overhead here can be as low as 100 feet above ground level. Please do note, that it is quite dangerous as people standing on the beach can be blown into the water by the jet blasts from aircraft.
St. Martin is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The island itself is divided into two, the northern French side (Saint Martin) and the southern Dutch side (Saint Marteen). The island is known for its nightlife and duty-free shops.